Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
Tyus Battle’s Terrific Summer Continues As He Makes USA U17 Roster; Derryck Thornton Suffers Broken Wrist After Strong Camp
Tyus Battle’s terrific summer continues.
The 6-foot-5 2016 combo guard from Gladstone (N.J.) Gill St. Bernard’s made the 12-man roster for the USA U17 team that will compete in the FIBA U17 World Championship next month in Dubai.
Battle has already enjoyed a strong summer in which he added offers from Duke, Kentucky, Louisville and Arizona to an already impressive list.
Battle also helped lead Team Scan to the Peach Jam semifinals last week, where they lost to Isaiah Briscoe and the Playaz Basketball Club. Battle was named to the ZAGSBLOG All-Peach Jam 2nd Team.
“Tyus has really improved his overall game from last year,” U17 coach Don Showalter told SNY.tv. “He is much more aggressive and plays with more confidence both on defense and offense. For us he can play multiple positions, point guard, two or three — which makes him very valuable against international teams.
“Tyus is a great teammate who is extremely coachable.”
Joining Battle on the U17 roster are: Jayson Tatum (Chaminade College Prep/St. Louis, Mo.), Henry Ellenson (Rice Lake H.S./Rice Lake, Wis.), Terrance Ferguson (Prime Prep Academy/Flower Mound, Texas), Harry Giles (Wesleyan Christian Academy/Winston-Salem, N.C.), V.J. King (St. Vincent-St. Mary H.S./Akron, Ohio), Malik Newman (Callaway H.S./Jackson, Miss.), Ivan Rabb (Bishop O’Dowd H.S./ Oakland, Calif.), Devearl Ramsey (Sierra Canyon H.S./Los Angeles, Calif.), Diamond Stone (Dominican H.S./Milwaukee, Wis.), Caleb Swanigan (Homestead H.S./Fort Wayne, Ind.) and Josh Jackson (Consortium College Prep H.S./ Southfield, Mich.),
Five players were cut from the U17 trials, including Findlay Prep guard Derryck Thornton, who was playing well before suffering a broken wrist.
His father, Tank Thornton, told SNY.tv his son is expected to miss 6-8 weeks.
Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
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